Degrees and Certificates

The College of DuPage Fashion Studies program offers two degree options and three certificates.

If you complete the Fashion Design degree option, you are prepared to work as designers, pattern makers, sample makers, seamstresses, alterations specialist and theater costumers.

Selecting the Fashion Merchandising degree option will prepare you for positions in sales and management, such as manufacturer representatives, buyers, department store managers, visual display specialists and fashion coordinators.

The Fashion Design certificate concentrates on technical fashion courses and is often selected if you have completed college degrees or are interested only in the technical aspects of the fashion field. In the Fashion Merchandising certificate option, you can study for positions in sales and management, such as showroom personnel, manufacturer's representative or visual merchandiser. You can also earn the Fashion Entrepreneurial certificate and learn more about the business side of the fashion industry.

While a bachelor's degree in a related field such as business or fine arts can be beneficial, opportunities are continuing to increase for individuals who obtain an associate's degree.

Program Requirements

Please consult a faculty member listed below before beginning your coursework. 


View degree information for the following options: 

  • Fashion Design, Associate in Applied Science
  • Fashion Merchandising, Associate in Applied Science



View certificate information for the following options:

  • Fashion Apparel Production
  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Entrepreneurial
  • Fashion Merchandising

When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet.

Contact Information

Eva Stevens, Interim Program Coordinator
(630) 942-2619

Lisa Horvatin, Program Advisor
(630) 942-2078

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist
(630) 942-2502

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2E06, (630) 942-2048



  • Spotlight: Peach Carr

    Peach CarrFashion

    “It is so great to come back to COD and tell students, ‘I’ve been in your shoes. College of DuPage is a great jumping off point or a great finishing point. There’s amazing instruction here, there’s great support, and I can pass on little tiny pearls of wisdom and guide the students. I like helping to nudge them forward. I was so terrified when I changed careers but I took a leap of faith. I am grateful to pass on my support to the students. If they look back and say, ‘She made a difference,’ then they can make a difference and pass it on.”

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  • Spotlight: Student Spotlight: Ibitsam Younis

    Ibitsam YounisFashion

    “The program is not easy, but you will learn so much and enjoy the teamwork. The instructors are generous with their time and talents. The collaboration with other students makes all of us stronger. Even with my prior experience, I have learned a number of new techniques, met industry leaders and been able to share my unique designs with the public through the annual fashion show.”

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  • Spotlight: Student Spotlight: Li Sheng

    Li ShengFashion

    “During the program, all the teachers I met were very encouraging. They made me believe in myself and pushed me to do more. All these chances that happen inside and outside of school will help you to find your own path, but you have to take that step and find it out by yourself. Fashion design was my dream, and College of DuPage is where I started to make my dream come true.”

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  • Spotlight: Theadora Iacobellis

    Theadora IacobellisFashion

    “I would tell students considering COD and the Fashion Studies program to do it! You will laugh, cry and poke your fingers with pins on a daily basis. Eventually, days will come and go, and you will learn more than you realize. The reward comes in the end when you see your garment on the runway for the very first time. You will recall every stitch of that piece and there is no emotion to describe the sensations you will feel.”

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  • Spotlight: Sarah Bhaidani

    Sarah BhaidaniFashion Studies

    “My time at COD helped me grow and mature in ways I didn’t know I could. I learned skills and made contacts that will aid me in my goal to make a name for myself in the fashion community.” 

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Faculty Spotlight

  • Faculty Spotlight: Eva Stevens

    Eva StevensFashion Studies

    “I really enjoy teaching students how to learn and harness their creative brain. Many come to an art program after being told for years that they need to focus, be present and follow directions. It is wonderful to allow them to be creative people. I watch them blossom all the time. They are my inspiration!”

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  • Spotlight: Vicki Oboikovitz

    Vicki OboikovitzFashion Studies

    "I love being able to share all of my experiences with my students. And when they take the knowledge and run with it, it is a great feeling."

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  • Spotlight: Pamela Powell

    Pamela PowellFashion Studies

    "I do not find teaching in the classroom much different from heading a workroom. As I teach mainly lab classes, I am passing on technical information in much the same way."

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